Text by Rev T Moema
Photos by Lerato Dumse
Host: Prof Zanele Muholi Curators: Bajabulile Dlamini and Thobeka Bhengu. MC: Christie van Zyl.
Place: KZNSA Gallery, Ethekwini, South Africa.
Date: 17 May 2019
By 6 pm the place was packed with exuberant art lovers, and the atmosphere was charged with high vibrational energy. Call it micro society representation on the opening night-yes it was, people of the rainbow and beyond our borders were represented.
A civil crowd that absorbed every minute of the programe, from opening prayer which echoed the importance of unity and equality of all humans, poetry, songs and key speech offered by the affable Prof Muholi.
To the last minute of the evening which ended with scrumptious African delights.
Throughout the night, energy was oozing from art adorned walls to the people.
Theme scripture: Proverbs 18:16 is a powerful statement that reveals the answer: “A man’s gift makes room for him” (NKJV). What you were designed to be known for is your gift. God has put a gift or talent in every person that the world will make room for. It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision.
The opening night bears testament to the scripture that when a talent is stirred up, latent creative force is allowed to unfold and express itself in the most amazing ways. The first talent to evolve fearlessly and without othordox boundaries and limitations associated with local artist, is that of Prof Muholi.
Their ever unfolding gift has now become a gateway of artists to draw from their wells of creativity, as Sir Muholi commissioned 25 artists to interpret Somnyama Ngonyama, in the process others found an opportunity to stir up their gifts and found themselves in the presence of greatness, a room was made for the 25 artist to show the work of their hands to the world, evident is a plethora of art ardoning the walls of KZNSA Gallery.
God uses Muholi as a precision tool in the hands of Divine to unearth, discover and direct talent to its genius.
A rare gift in the world inflamed with individualism and self absorption, they abundantly share their resources to lift others up. Lastly I believe this is one of the clear expressions of black excellence, Progress and pride……